is fluent in several languages, is Shanghainese and was born and raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He graduated
from St. Joseph's College, an international school in Yokohama and then attended Tulane University in Aeronautical/Mechanical
Engineering for a year before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley to study architecture.
A builder and a licensed architect for more than 33 years, Mr. Ngai was
the founder and Principal of A.K. Ngai & Associates, Hollywood, California. He later became the Executive Vice President
and Director of Computer-Aided Design, at Leidenfrost/Horwitz & Associates, a 110 person architectural
firm in Los Angeles which acquired A.K. Ngai & Associates, Inc. in 1985.
In 1990, Mr. Ngai again
formed his own firm, A.K. Ngai, Architect, specializing in the high end luxury residential market and commercial
interiors, most notably, the Anasazi Restaurant in Desert Passages at the new Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Residential
projects which he has been responsible for range in estimated value to over $25,000,000; institutional and commercial projects
range from $8,500,000 to approximately $50,000,000.
Tony Ngai is an award winning
architect whose classic designs are noted for their contemporary emotional space and feature huge walls of glass incorporating
views of nature into the home almost as its own work of art. He designed his first house for his own family in
Yokohama when he was only 13 years old.
He has designed and built single family residences ranging in
size from approximately 1800 s.f. for one of his Canyon Oak homes in the Hollywood Hills, to a custom
residence of over 18,000 s.f. in Hillsborough, California. His clients include individuals who sought Tony out to build
their dream homes of every type, from ocean front residences in the Bahamas, Mediterranean villas on the Gulf Coast of
Florida, contemporary Japanese influenced estates in the hills south of San Francisco and in Kahala, to luxury hilltop
contemporary residences overlooking Diamond Head and the ocean in Hawaii. Also among his clients are a Japanese
builder who saw one of Mr. Ngai's homes in Kahala and then retained him to design a smaller, 4000 s.f. contemporary residence
as a model home for his project in Japan.
Institutional and commercial experience including
during Mr. Ngai's tenure with Leidenfrost/Horwitz:
* The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA
in collaboration with Henry Cobb of Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners, Architects, New York. Approximate construction cost:
* School of Business and Education, California State University, Northridge, CAlifornia.
Approximate construction cost: $23,000,000.
*Commissaries at Norton Air Force Base, Vandenburg Air Force Base,
California/Hurlbert Field in Pensacola, FL. Approximate construction costs each: $8,500,000.
Mr. Ngai's awards include, First Place in the coveted California State Senate "Hollywood Beautification Award"
- Single Family Residential Category for his Canyon Oak Drive home and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Award for National Excellence, Washington, D.C.
|Japanese garden, 38' swimming pool, Kahala Residence.
- Is unique- for the site and
for the client -- Mr. Ngai never designs the same house twice.
- Creates an emotional space that one never wants to leave.
- Is site specific
and brings the view of nature into the residence.
- Always strives to maximize the
sense of interior and exterior space.
- Uses the
best quality fixtures/finishes limited only by the client's budget.
joy to friends and family who come to visit -- and to oneself, of course.